Thursday, February 28, 2013


Raising my children is the hardest thing I have ever done...and I have done some really hard things.  Often I wish I could just quit, or at least take a vacation.  I wouldn't care where I went, as long as it was quiet.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


The girls both brought home tickets to a UVU basketball game.  We had enough for everyone to go so we decided to go for FHE.  Sierra was especially excited to go to her first sports game.  She brought a friend and Reanne found one when we got there.  They had the best time and Jess actually did too.  Neither of us had been to any games since we moved back to Utah and it was great watching the kids have so much fun.  
 The drum line (The Green Man Group) They were more fun to watch than the game.

 Abby and Sierra rocking out to the band music.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy Birthday Reanne

Reanne turned 10 yesterday.  Where has the time gone?

She had a friend party on Saturday where they watched a movie with popcorn and had ice-cream sundays afterwards.  For some reason they got really hyper afterwards.  They played hide and seek for a while and then they started making human pyramids and having trust falls off my couch.  It was really fun to watch them all being so happy together.

On Sunday we had a little family party at my parent's house.  Reanne chose strawberry shortcake for her birthday cake.  That girl loves her strawberries.  In fact, last year my dad gave her strawberries for her birthday present and she was so happy about it.  This year's presents were equally amusing, but equally exciting to Reanne.  She got a stapler, a ream of paper, scissors and four roles of tape.  You should have seen her smile.  We were all laughing out loud.  What kid is so excited about office supplies?  That is one of the reasons I love her though.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Remember the school drills we had when we were in elementary school?  Jess had tornado drills because he lived in Iowa.  I had earthquake drills because I lived in California.  They were kind of fun. In fact, sometimes we make our kids practice both kinds of drills for emergency preparedness family activities, even though we live in Utah.

Because they were sick, the girls missed a practice drill at their school last month.  We called it a robber drill.  They practiced what would happen if someone came to the school with a gun.  I understand the importance of the drill, but I couldn't help feeling pretty sad about what kind of disasters my children have to practice for.

On another note, I think we are all officially better from the plethora of illnesses that passed through our family.  Last week I was going to write the same thing but Sierra started complaining that her ear hurt AGAIN!  We just got over an ear infection a few weeks earlier.  She just happened to tell me the day Jess had my car because his was in the shop.  My sister had told me earlier that she cured an ear infection that she had with garlic oil that she whipped up herself.  I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to test it out for ourselves.  So I minced a garlic clove and stuck it in a bit of olive oil, stuck it in the microwave, let it cool and then dropped the oil in Sierra's ear.  She never complained of any pain from that time on and after two days I stopped treatment and she was completely better.  I have to say the whole experience was 1000 times better than waiting at the doctor's office, waiting at the pharmacy and then 10 days of antibiotics.  I'm completely converted.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

School Happenings

I was looking back on my blog recently and had so much fun reading all the old posts.  It was especially fun to see how the kids have grown in what they can do.  I loved looking at the pictures and stories that they created three and four years ago.  I decided that I am going to continue to document the things they come home with.  Also, it will make me feel less guilty when they finally make it to the trash can.

Reanne created this clay art based on the book her class read, The Hatchet.  She really loves to create things.  It is one of her talents.  She also (for fun) made a class newspaper with some of her friends.  They wrote about things they were learning during the month and she was designated the editor.  She told me I could be assistant editor.  Her teacher loved it and ended up giving copies to all the fourth grade teachers.

Grant learned about the letter O in preschool this week.  Underneath the shark it says O is for ocean.  I taught this week so I got to see him work on it.  I have never seen him work so hard on coloring before.    It might seem a little thing, but for a boy who can't sit still, I was impressed.  I also loved the fact that he wanted to make one fish hide behind the seaweed and one that was eating it.